Phi Kappa Psi - University of Michigan

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Michigan Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at the University of Michigan

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The Sophon Spring 2015 Alumni Leadership Takes Action to Empower and Restore Michigan Alpha I n the last six months, the Michigan Alpha Housing Corporation (MAHC) has entered an exciting new phase of strategy and management. MAHC developed a three-pronged approach to achieve two major goals: provide support and guidance to undergraduates so they can continue to be leaders on campus and provide opportunities to all MAHC members, not just a small group, to take ownership over events, strategy, communications, etc. With this in mind, we have developed three groups within MAHC: house management, chapter advisory, and alumni outreach, led by Brian May '99, Nic Katona '99, and Jack Gray '07, respectively. Since the development of this new structure, we have been able to focus our efforts on providing additional leadership and risk management training for the undergraduates, preparing for house repairs in the summer of 2015, and revitalizing Founders' Day and other alumni activities. Deserving Members Awarded at Founders' Day 2015 Following guidance provided by National Fraternity President Scott Noble, Texas '81, the alumni outreach committee added elements to the Founders' Day activities this year, including a March Madness viewing party at the chapter house on Friday night and incorporating awards into the ceremonies. The awards provided this year were in recognition of philanthropic efforts, entrepreneurship, and dedication to the ideals of Phi Kappa Psi. Through an all-alumni nomination process, MAHC decided to award the following members: • Arthur Di Blassio '59 received the philanthropic award for his strategy work with MAHC and other community organizations. • Jon Oberheide '02 received the entrepreneurship award for founding and leading the award-winning internet security firm, Duo Security in Ann Arbor. • Dave Frayne '89 was named Mr. Phi Psi for living and breathing the ideals of the Phi Kappa Psi Creed. • Hayden Schenker '11, a graduating senior, earned the undergraduate Mr. Phi Psi award for his four years of service and loyalty to his brotherhood. With that award, we were fortunate to provide him with a $1,000 gift to help his transition from college life to the real world. • Quinzel Perry '12 was recognized for his service to the brotherhood, specifically his efforts related to the philanthropic campaigns of Michigan Alpha. His leadership helped the brothers launch their inaugural Freeze the Puck on Cancer hockey game versus FIJI at Yost Arena in January. Through his efforts, the brothers were able to present Mark Janssen '11 a donation dedicated to his family's foundation. What You Can Expect for Future Alumni Activities In an effort to further engage our alumni base, the alumni outreach committee created a series of events for the summer and fall of 2015, led by brothers of various generations. Our goal is to make Michigan Alpha alumni proud of the organization by engaging them in events around the country that focus more on connecting back with Michigan Alpha and the strong alumni network of Phi Psi brothers. (Continued on page 4) New website DevelopeD for AlumNi T hanks to generous donations from alumni like you, we've developed a new website with an alumni focus. The website,, features alumni news, photos, and alumni event updates. You can also use the site to update your contact information, submit photos, and donate online to Michigan Alpha. P H I K A P P A P S I • M I C H I G A N A L P H A C H A P T E R Save the date for summer alumni events! View page 4 for more details.

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